DALLAS, Texas (May 3, 2013) –The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that four Rutgers Football student-athletes – Justin Doerner (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Duron Harmon (Magnolia, Del.), Brandon Jones (Sicklerville, N.J.) and Scott Vallone (Central Islip, N.Y.) – were named to the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.
The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified formembership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
"The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each yearshows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level butthat they are some of the best students on campus as well," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
All four players were part of the first team in Rutgers’ history to earn a share of the BIG EAST Championship. Harmon was a third round NFL draft selection of the New England Patriots while Jones signed a NFL free agent contract with the Patriots.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization'sleadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,081 student-athletes since its inception.